It comes as no surprise to me that a Rasmussen poll just released shows that 61 percent of Arizona Republicans think John McCain is out of touch with the Republican Party. As I campaign across Arizona, I’m finding a lot of discontent with McCain among the party base.
Every day that I speak to voters further erodes the assumption that McCain will be the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate in 2010.
We’re slowly gaining on him, and we’re just getting started.
Eight years ago, I challenged the status quo on illegal immigration without thought of political parties or ideology. My goal was to bring to peoples’ attention the stark reality of our border insecurity. The two main political parties were part of a three-ring circus with Democrats and Republicans whistled on stage by the ring master – mainstream media personalities. Among progressives like McCain, little has changed.
I consider myself an independent and counter-culture conservative. My mission is, and always has been, to open the eyes of a widely apathetic citizenry. While accomplishing that goal, my efforts also have served to expose those who are part of the problem.
I agree with Glenn Beck when he says that a President McCain would have been no better than President Obama. It partially explains why I’m challenging McCain in the Republican primary next year.
McCain voted for TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program), nurtured cap- and-trade and accepted the scientifically dubious premise that global warming is manmade as well as a clear and present danger to the planet. McCain “progressively” engages in the health care debate rather than, as a genuine conservative, leading a Senate effort to stop it on the grounds that it’s unconstitutional. And, McCain supports the blame-America organization that is the United Nations.
Meanwhile, we learn that Obama plans to reduce funding for border security. And, the truth is, McCain never wanted to fix our porous borders. Joined by tens of thousands of citizens, I held a tea party on the border in 2005. We led the charge to stop the McCain-Kennedy amnesty bill in 2006. We forced Congress to build more than 600 miles of fencing in 2007. The border problem still remains a serious issue, regardless of the party in charge, which will only improve when voters’ demands for change are heard.
In 2004, McCain told me, in person, “Chris, what you are doing on the border will bring more trouble than the drug cartels.”
Beck was right on the border issue. A President McCain would have been no better than Obama. Today a unified McCain and Obama sit idly by allowing the drug cartels to expand their criminal activities into U.S. cities and essentially control America’s southern border.
I respect the Libertarian principles of Constitution, freedom and liberty. My run as a registered Republican will promote the GOP in becoming the party that once again embraces those principles. Among some in the Republican establishment, the attitude toward me is: “How dare you? Who gave you permission to do this? You’re going to screw up the whole thing.”
I fully expected that response. It’s symptomatic of a political party that needs an awakening. And I believe that awakening will be delivered upon it by patriotic voters next year in Arizona.
My love of the Constitution and my deep respect for the freedom-loving conservatives of Arizona call me to run against McCain. He, progressive liberals, and the professional GOP party loyalists should take note. People are demanding that politicians return their government to its constitutional foundation. In the next election, they will elect congressional representatives who will protect our free market economic system, our borders, and our national security.
So I’m running as a states’ rights candidate. And I will, when elected, work to protect the state from federal government encroachments. I will work closely with Arizona’s elected representatives to protect the rights of Arizona’s citizens. I will not enter the Senate with the overriding goal of working for the GOP or the federal government. I will bring a message from the American people: “Keep it simple; stay out of our private lives; do what’s necessary to defend the nation. And don’t impede our industry or stand in the way of our enterprising spirit.”
- Chris Simcox is founder of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps and a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate seat held by John McCain.